July 17, 1991 |
A 10-mile-long toxic chemical plume that spewed from a derailed tanker car into the upper Sacramento River was expected to reach California's biggest reservoir today, after devastating a stretch of the river's ecosystem, experts said. Some predicted it would take 10 years for the river to recover.
January 10, 1995 |
Thousands of Northern Californians fled their homes Monday as the third in a series of warm, moisture-laden Pacific storms barreled into the state, pushing Wine Country rivers well beyond their banks, inundating roads throughout the region and killing at least one person. With weather forecasters eyeing two more storms gaining strength off the coast, evacuations were under way from just north of San Francisco to Eureka, near the state line.
February 19, 1998 |
Which pieces of your life do you take when you have just 20 minutes to choose and two trash bags to haul it in? Clutching a flashlight in one hand, a box of heavy-duty trash bags in the other, Linda Morales recited from the inventory of belongings she planned to grab from her landslide-threatened home once rescue workers let her back in. "I want my daughter's stuffed animals, my dog's medicine, my son's first edition Stephen King books," Morales said. "I want dishes, clothes. . . ."
August 17, 1994 |
More than 1,700 firefighters from throughout the state battled the worst California wildfire of the season Tuesday, an arson-sparked blaze in rural, hilly San Luis Obispo County that has claimed 37 homes and scorched 45,500 acres. The Highway 41 fire--so dubbed because of its danger to the state highway that links scenic California 1 and U.S. 101 near Atascadero--is the "most high-priority fire" in the state, said Thomas Williams, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry.
January 9, 1995 |
Torrents of rain pelted Northern California's wine country on Sunday, boosting rivers to dangerously high levels, activating sandbag brigades and forcing hundreds of residents from their homes. Officials in Napa and Sonoma counties declared local states of emergency Sunday as river levels crept upward and forecasters warned that rainfall could continue through midweek.
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November 6, 1991 |
The discharge of toxic fumes that sent 36 people to the hospital and required the evacuation of a manufacturing plant was blamed on a worker who tried to improperly dispose of hazardous waste in an oven. The Aromat Corp. employee was trying to dry discarded epoxy resin in the oven when the cyanide-laced gaseous discharge occurred, said plant manager Charlie Major, who would not name the worker.